The Netflix series Better Call Saul is both a prequel and sequel to Breaking Bad, and both shows share several key characters
Many characters who were key figures in Breaking Bad later had guest roles in the prequel series, while some characters, like the titular attorney, have had a larger presence in the newer show.
Better Call Saul also introduced us to several characters who didn’t play a part in Breaking Bad, leading fans to speculate as to why they didn’t appear in the original show.
**Spoilers for Better Call Saul Season 6**
Which Better Call Saul characters are in Breaking Bad?
Jimmy, of course, stars in Breaking Bad – he’s introduced in a Season 2 episode called Better Call Saul.
Bob Odenkirk’s character was so popular with fans that the producers decided to start a prequel series exploring Jimmy’s origins, his transition into Saul Goodman, and the answer to what happened to him after the events of Breaking Bad will.
Mike works for Saul and Gus during Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul – the private investigator and hitman has talents that make him indispensable to both parties.
In Better Call Saul we learn more about Mike’s background – how he became a dirty cop, took bribes and how he encouraged his son Matt to do the same just before Matt was killed by the police who didn’t trust him to keep calm.
Gus is the main protagonist in seasons 2-4 of Breaking Bad – he is a drug lord who forces Walt and Jesse to work for him and cook meth.
In Better Call Saul, we see how Gus established himself as a major player in Albuquerque’s drug trade through his war with the Salamancas. He remains something of an enigma and most of his past remains mysterious, unlike other characters who are laid bare in the prequel series.
Huell first appears in Breaking Bad as Saul’s bodyguard – he hired him after Mike threatened to break his legs. He also steals ricin, which is used to poison Brock Cantillo, in a move that turns Jesse against Walt.
In Better Call Saul, Huell appears sporadically in seasons 3-6, working odd jobs for Jimmy including pickpocketing and helping him in his crusade against Howard.
Tuco is a recurring character in the first two seasons of Breaking Bad. Barely released from prison, he takes over the remnants of the Salamanca family’s drug trade. After the DEA catches up to him, he is killed by Hank after an intense shootout.
In Better Call Saul, Tuco meets Jimmy when one of his plans goes awry. Jimmy can excuse himself from being killed. Tuco is eventually tripped up by Mike, who tricks him into attacking him in front of the police, leading to his arrest.
Hector is a key character in Breaking Bad – the frail patriarch of the Salamanca family and sworn enemy of Gus. In season four, he kills Gus in a brutal murder suicide, removing a major obstacle for Walt and Jesse.
In Better Call Saul we learn how Hector ended up in a wheelchair – he was spiked by Nacho, although he was saved from death by Gus in a sadistic move that left him breathing but paralyzed for life.
Jesse is one of the two anti-protagonists in Breaking Bad – he works with Walt on his plan to make as much money as possible from crystal meth. Although Walt has lost all scruples by the end of the series, Jesse cannot stomach some of the means used in the name of making money.
Jesse appears in several episodes in the final season of Better Call Saul – he doesn’t contribute much to the story and is really there for fanservice. Jesse got a proper send-off in the spin-off El Camino, which followed his life after Breaking Bad.
Walt was the center of Breaking Bad – the show followed his transition from mild-mannered chemistry teacher to drug lord and murderer.
Walt also had a few cameo appearances in the final season of Better Call Saul – in a key scene, he discusses remorse with Jimmy and seems disgusted to learn that his attorney was always a bad guy.
DEA agent Hank Schrader and Walt’s brother-in-law are the man who eventually uncovers Heisenberg, though he and his partner Steve Gomez are ultimately killed in a shootout before they can bring Walt to justice.
In Better Call Saul, Hank and Gomez make brief appearances in Better Call Saul season 5 – the pair catching a “drop” that collects $700,000 for Gus to put in his pockets, and inadvertently doing his part to help the War between Gus and the Salamancas to escalate.
Which Better Call Saul characters are missing from Breaking Bad?
Many Better Call Saul fan-favorites didn’t appear in Breaking Bad — in most cases that was because they were killed, with one notable exception.
Howard Hamlin, the lawyer whom Jimmy and Kim target for much of the series, became a character that fans loved to hate before quickly feeling sorry for them. Howard died suddenly after being shot in the head by Lalo, Jimmy, and Kim’s apartment.
Chuck, Jimmy’s domineering brother, was also absent from Breaking Bad after killing himself in the Season 3 finale. Other main characters who emerged from their mortal shells during Better Call Saul include Nacho (shot himself in the head during an epic showdown) and Lalo (shot through the neck by Gus).
Kim Wexler is perhaps the most popular Better Call Saul character not to appear in Breaking Bad, and many fans were concerned that she, too, would be killed off in the show’s final season. Luckily, she met a better fate and had left the grid to live a quiet life down in Florida. It’s not glamorous, but at least she’s not dead.